In-Person Courses

Coordinated through DHS Protective Security Advisors (PSAs), State Homeland Security Officials, and training offices, OBP courses educated federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial participants-such as municipal officials and emergency managers, state and local law enforcement and other emergency services, security staff, critical infrastructure owners and operators, and private partners-on strategies to prevent, protect against, respond to, and mitigate bombing incidents. For more information or to request OBP counter-improvised explosive device (IED) direct delivery in-person training, please email the Office for Bombing Prevention at OBPTraining@cisa.dhs.gov for additional information. Download a printer-friendly fact sheet for Instructor Led Training (ILT).

Description: The Bombing Prevention Awareness course provides an overview of IEDs and explosive effects, homemade explosives, an introduction to the terrorist attack cycle, and the response to suspicious behaviors and items. The basic awareness is used to enhance bombing prevention measures.
Course Length: 1 day (8 hours)

Audience: This course is designed for groups up to 25 participants and is intended for audiences such as:

- Critical infrastructure owners and operators

- Public safety officers

- Emergency managers

- Security officers

- Law enforcement officials

- Private sector security professionals

Accreditation: 0.7 CEUs towards International Association of Continuing Education Units (IACET) and 7 CEUs towards Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) if the student's state approves.
Recommended PrerequisitesNone.

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  • Homemade Explosives
  • Suspicious Behaviors and Items
  • Enhance bombing preventions

Description: The Bomb Threat Management Planning course provides participants foundational knowledge on the DHS risk management process and bomb threat management planning. It gives participants opportunity to apply this knowledge to develop a bomb threat management plan.
Course Length: 1 day (8 hours)

Audience: This course is designed for groups up to 25 participants and is intended for audiences such as:

- Critical infrastructure owners and operators

- Public safety officers

- Emergency managers

- Security officers

- Law enforcement officials

- Private sector security professionals

Accreditation: 0.7 CEUs towards International Association of Continuing Education Units (IACET) and 7 CEUs towards Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) if the student's state approves.
Recommended PrerequisitesNone.

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  • Risk Management Process
  • Bomb Threat Management
  • Foundational Knowledge

Description: The Improvised Explosive (IED) Search Procedures course introduces to basic, low risk, search protocols. It provides participants the information needed to create a search plan for their facility or special event and allows them to perform IED searches of a facility, an area, and a route.
Course Length: 1 day (8 hours)

Audience: This course is designed for groups up to 25 participants and is intended for audiences such as:

- Critical infrastructure owners and operators

- Public safety officers

- Emergency managers

- Security officers

- Law enforcement officers

- Private sector security professionals

Accreditation: 0.7 CEUs towards International Association of Continuing Education Units (IACET) and 7 CEUs towards Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) if the student's state approves.
Recommended Prerequisites

- AWR-333: IED Construction and Classification

- AWR-337: IED Explosive Effects and Mitigation

- AWR-338: Homemade Explosives (HME) and Precursor Awareness

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  • Learner to basic
  • Low risk search protocols
  • IED searches

Description: The Protective Measures course provides the foundational knowledge to identify risks and vulnerabilities to a facility, venue, or event and identify various types of protective measures to mitigate an IED threat. Participants apply concepts introduced throughout the course with hands-on activities.
Course Length: 1 day (8 hours)

Audience: This course is designed for groups up to 25 participants and is intended for audiences such as:

- Critical infrastructure owners and operators

- Public safety officers

- Emergency managers

- Security officers

- Law enforcement officers

- Private sector security professionals

Accreditation: 0.7 CEUs towards International Association of Continuing Education Units (IACET) and 7 CEUs towards Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) if the student's state approves.
Recommended Prerequisites

- AWR-337: IED Explosive Effects and Mitigation

- IS-156: Building Design for Homeland Security for Continuity of Operations

- IS-15.b: Special Events Contingency Planning for Public Safety Agencies

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  • Identify risks
  • Apply Concepts
  • Hands-on Activities

Description: The Surveillance Detection for Bombing Prevention course provides public safety and security professionals fundamental knowledge and skills to recognize and respond appropriately to hostile surveillance at facilities and planned and unplanned events.
Course Length: 3 days (24 hours)

Audience: This course is designed for groups up to 25 participants and is intended for audiences such as:

- Critical infrastructure owners and operators

- Public safety officers

- Emergency managers

- Security officers

- Law enforcement officials

- Private sector security professionals

Accreditation: 2.0 CEUs towards International Association of Continuing Education Units (IACET) and 20 CEUs towards Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) if the student's state approves.
Recommended Prerequisites:

- FEMA IS-914: Surveillance Awareness: What You Can Do

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  • Public Safety
  • Security Professional
  • Hostile Surveillance

Description: The Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) Detection course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to successfully and safely inspect for, identify, and/or respond to vehicle-borne explosive threats.
Course Length: 1 day (8 hours)
Audience: This course is designed for groups up to 25 participants and is intended for audiences such as:

- Critical infrastructure owners and operators

- Public safety officers

- Emergency managers

- Security officers

- Law enforcement officials

- Private sector security professionals

Accreditation: 2.0 CEUs towards International Association of Continuing Education Units (IACET) and 20 CEUs towards Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) if the student's state approves.
Recommended Prerequisites:

          - AWR-333: IED Construction and Classification

          - AWR-337: IED Explosive Effects and Mitigation

          - AWR-338: Homemade Explosives (HME) and Precursor Awareness

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  • Vehicle-borne explosive threats
  • Knowledge of threats
  • Safely inspect for explosive threats

Description: The Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Program (BMAP) Community Liaison course prepares participants to conduct outreach in their communities by familiarizing them with explosive precursor chemicals and components found in common household products used to make bombs. It also provides them the ability to recognize suspicious purchasing behaviors, and access BMAP resources.
Course Length: 1 day (8 hours)

Audience: This course is designed for groups up to 25 participants and is intended for audiences such as:

- Community liaisons

- Community outreach

Accreditation: 0.7 CEUs towards International Association of Continuing Education Units (IACET) and 7 CEUs towards Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) if the student's state approves.
Recommended PrerequisitesNone.

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